Northwest Dance Project's Andrea Parson Wins Huge National Dance Award

If you're a dancer, winning a Princess Grace Award is a Very Big Deal: the national award, which recognizes emerging artists in performing arts and film, honors only six dancers nationwide every year, typically from major companies (American Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet among them in 2009). So when Andrea Parson, a member of Portland's Northwest Dance Project, learned she was a 2010 recipient, ...   More
Monday, August 2, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

Pants-Off Dance-Off Presents Homo's Got Talent

After the flurry of gayness that composed last month's Pride festivities, the queer community is all rested up and ready to roll out a roster of events for the rest of summer. On Saturday, July 31, Pants Off Productions brings you the second annual Homo's Got Talent Dance-Off Competition at the Jupiter Hotel Courtyard. There can be only one Top Homo Dancer, and registered acts from all over ...   More
Thursday, July 15, 2010 Caitlin Giddings

LIVE REVIEW: Burn the Floor

Burn the Floor, the nationally touring Broadway show that opened in Portland last night at the Keller, is a midriff-baring, hair-flinging, fog-machine-shrouded gallop through exhibition ballroom dance. This is either good news or bad, depending on your expectations. If you're expecting the TV show So You Think You Can Dance, minus the chitchat and commercials, you're warm—nearly a half-dozen ...   More
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

TBA 2010: Gloria's Cause

One of the strangest and least predictable performances I've seen at PICA's Time Based Arts festival, Seattle Chreographer Dayna Hanson's take on the lesser-known aspects of the American Revolution incorporates a creepy bald eagle mask (seen above), an animatronic George Washington, plenty of cherry pie, some racial tension, a live score that ranges from funk to noise and a lot of dancing. It's a ...   More
Saturday, September 11, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

TBA 2010: Blanket Made Me Sleepy

In a sun-bathed, above-street storefront on Northwest 11th Avenue, poofy, bulbous forms hang from the ceiling, swinging gently, like horrid fruit. Simultaneously cuddly and grotesque, stitched from colorful scraps and sometimes penetrated by plush holes, they make me uneasy. I don't want to touch them, let alone dance through them. Blanket, the day's entertainment at PICA's TBA Festival, is ...   More
Sunday, September 12, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

LIVE REVIEW: Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal

Making its Portland debut Thursday night as the opening to the 13th season of the White Bird Dance Series, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal held up its reputation as a “feel good company.” Under the direction of Louis Robitaille, the Canadian company “explores the creative side of contemporary trends, yet is still firmly committed to classical aesthetics.” Thursday's ...   More
Monday, September 27, 2010 Riley Hooper

Racked Like Me

Queer Window
Boys Life #3 Watch Jason Gould succumb to the pressure of being Barbra Streisand's daughter--um, I mean son--in this series of five short films from Str ...   More
Tuesday, February 6, 2001 Byron Beck


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